Rio de Janeiro, May 4 (EFE).- An 18-year-old man fatally slashed two women and three children Tuesday at a daycare center in the southern state of Santa Catarina, Brazilian authorities said.
One teacher and two children were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other two victims died later at the hospital.
The Aquarela facility in the town of Saudades provides care for children between the ages of six months and two years, the municipal government said.
It was around 11:00 am when the unnamed adolescent entered the daycare and attacked two teachers and three youngsters with a machete before trying to kill himself by cutting his throat, police said.
Witnesses held the assailant until authorities arrived, state police Major Rafael Antonio da Silva told the media.
The motives of the attacker, who remained hospitalized, are yet to be determined, the major said.
“He lives in the city and entered the establishment carrying the machete that he used against the victims. A teacher and two children died in the event,” Silva said.
Three injured survivors, one of them a teacher, were taken to the hospital, where the adult and one of the children succumbed to their wounds.
One of the injured people was airlifted to the Regional Hospital in Chapeco.
The assailant did not have a criminal record and was never a student at Aquarela, according said, though adding that he told officers he was victim of bullying.
Santa Catarina’s acting governor, Daniela Reinehr, declared three days of official mourning and promised that the state government would render assistance to the victims’ families.
Gov. Carlos Moises, suspended in March after the state legislature began impeachment proceedings against him, offered his “solidarity” to those affected. EFE